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Grease (1978)

PG-13  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  16 June 1978 (USA)
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Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?



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A musical about teens in love in the 50's! It's California, 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. They spend time at the beach, but when they go back to school, what either of them don't know is that they both now attend Rydell High. Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black-jacket greasers while Sandy hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. When they clash at Rydell's first pep rally, Danny isn't the same Danny at the beach. They try to be like each other so they can be together. Written by Alex Schultz <NedSDeclassified2967>

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The original high school musical is back! (2010 re-release) See more »


Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Briljantin  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,705,463 (USA) (27 March 1998)


£3,989,870 (UK) (14 August 1998)

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(re-release) (1998)| (re-release) (1998)| (35 mm prints) (original release)| (70 mm prints) (original release)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, her character's background had to be changed to accommodate Newton-John's own background. In the original Broadway musical Sandy was an all-American girl and her last name was Dumbrowski. In the movie version, she became Sandy Olsson, from Australia. Also, because of Newton-John's casting, John Farrar (Newton-John's frequent songwriter) had to write two new songs for the film while other songs from the Broadway musical were dropped. See more »


In the lunch scene, when Rizzo and Marty first sit down, there's a half eaten apple in front of Rizzo's lunch tray that keeps disappearing and reappearing between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Sandy: I'm going back to Australia; I might never see you again.
Danny: Don't... don't talk that way, Sandy.
Sandy: But it's true! I've just had the best summer of my life, and now I have to go away. It isn't fair.
[Danny starts kissing her]
Sandy: Danny, don't spoil it!
Danny: It's not spoiling it, Sandy, it's only making it better.
Sandy: Danny... is this the end?
Danny: Of course not; it's only the beginning.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning credits show the main characters in cartoon form. See more »


Referenced in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Episode #3.14 (1991) See more »


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Written by Ritchie Valens
Performed by Ritchie Valens
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User Reviews

One of the best musicals brought to the big screen.
21 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although it is old, Grease is still loved and watching by adults and children alike. Once you watch Grease you just want to get up and dance! Grease is the story of bad-boy Danny and good-girl Sandy meeting each other over summer break then happen to returning to the same school. There's a great mix of kids, they all are very different and have one thing that separates them very much from each other. There's a great mix of songs too; slow and very fast. Also, the dancing is amazing. The end also blows your mind and just makes you so astonished, but in such a good way. The up-beat fun never stops and makes you want to watch the movie again and again. Grease is a definite must see for everyone!

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